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Stage 3 Prostate Cancer

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Updated April 08, 2010

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Stage 3 prostate cancer is a fairly advanced stage of prostate cancer where cancer has been detected beyond the confines of the prostate itself. It is also known as stage T3 (using the TNM staging system).

Specifically, stage 3 prostate cancer has extended through the capsule that surrounds the prostate, but has not spread to distant sites in the body.

There are two sub-stages of stage 3 prostate cancer:

Source:

Kumar V, Abbas A, Fausto N. Robbins Pathologic Basis of Disease 7th Edition. 2004.

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